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right now. we start the edge with travel troubles caused by volcanic ash and those problems just keep coming. thanks for staying up with us. i'm maureen umeh. tonight thousands of travelers are still stuck but airlines are reporting successful test flights. could things be getting back to normal very soon? fox 5's laura ingle has the latest twist. >> reporter: test flight, alternate routes and serious plans are being put into place to get the maximum amount of displaced passengers off the terminal floor and up into the air. the ash cloud continues to hover over europe causing misery for millions of travelers. >> we're trying to go to norway. we have no idea how we're going to get there. >> we don't know if we leave, when we leave. we have no news and we have no
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idea how long we have to stay here in the airport. >> reporter: the volcano was showing no signs of settling down and is still sending explosions of steam, grit and smoke into the air. air space has been closed in whole or part of 24 european nations since wednesday affecting an estimated two million travelers worldwide and grounding tens of thousands of flights today alone. >> we only have about 4,000 out of 24,000 flights operational today and more than 80% of the european continental area is covered by -- subject to air space restrictions and closures at the moment. >> reporter: airlines are losing a reportedly $200 million a day and working hard to figure out how and when they'll be able to get back up in the air. air france has safely carried out a test flight for the first time since the volcanic ash clogged up air space. a dutch airline says it has safely flown ten flights without passengers through a window of a cloud of cash and is pushing for the ban on commercial air traffic to be
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lifted. but some expects say not so soon. >> we still have to wait for it to drift by us and for all the transport situation to resolve itself. we have several more days of severe disruption at the least i'm afraid. >> reporter: we heard stories of kindness for what has been a difficult stretch for thousands of passengers. unfortunately misfortune brings scammers to the surface. they are warning to be careful about taking people on offers that seem too good to be true. these pictures show just how dangerous the ash is. the timey ash particles got into the engines of a finnish jet and caused severe damage inside. the pilot managed to land safely but the danger from the ash is real. >> because you can't see where the danger is, it's impossible to avoid. it won't be picked up on radar. the pilot can't see it so it's going to damage the engine before he even realizes he has a problem. >> but some airlines claim
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authorities are blowing the danger out of proportion. this is just one of 15 test flights flown today. it landed safely after gathering air samples around germany. airports in spain and france are open again but london is to stay closed until at least tomorrow night. on the campus of frostburg state university tonight tragedy. to students gunned down in an off campus party. one is in the hospital. the other is dead. police arrested a third student tyrone hall of glen bernie. hall allegedly assaulted a woman at the off campus party. friends gathered at a spontaneous candlelight vigil at brandon carroll's old high school in waldorf. the 20-year-old was a popular basketball star. >> i'm very sad and i couldn't believe it. i'm still in a state of shock. i didn't ever think it would be brandon. i still don't believe it. >> for the whole waldorf community, it's really sad, you know, how it is. word kind of spreads quickly with one of your own that no longer here and i just think
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it's kind of difficult for everyone. i couldn't imagine what the family is going through. >> the other shooting victim is expected to recover. in the other tragedy we've been covering, students of shaw middle are returning to school with a heavy heart. it's the first time they go back to school since their principal was murdered. >> reporter: it will be a sad day here tomorrow as students and faculty return to shaw middle school without the leadership of their beloved principal brian betts. all weekend long students have come here to the school to leave messages on the doors. some notes have been taped to the walls. there are even kind words written on the sidewalk out front. tonight police are still trying to determine what happened to betts at his home in silver spring. co-workers alerted police on thursday when principal betts did not come to school. police found betts murdered in an upstairs bedroom. one new clue came yesterday. his nissan suv had been missing from the driveway following the
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murder, but on saturday police found that vehicle in southeast washington. it appears to have been hidden from public view in an out of the way parking spot. so far police say they are still conducting a full investigation but no arrests have been made. meanwhile back here at the school today, family members along with students and faculty gathered at the school to remember principal betts not only for his contributions to education but to everyone he met. in northwest, matt ackland, fox 5 news. prince george's county police are looking for a hit- and-run driver. we are everywhere at 11:00. the driver hit a pedestrian at the intersection of indian head highway and talbert drive in oxon hill just after 2:00 this morning. police found the 29-year-old woman unconscience and suffering from multiple injuries. she was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. pope benedict xvi brought to tears while meeting with a group of church sex abuse victims. the men recently came forward
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claiming they'd been molested by catholic priests at a church- run orphanage in the '80s and '90s. the upon spent about a half -- the pontiff spent about a half- hour meeting with the men. fallout over a memo on iran's nuclear program. u.s. secretary of defense robert gates is disputing disputing the contents of a memo. government sources say the memo prompted a scramble to come up with new options but gates says he was merely laying out an orderly and timely decision- making process. did you see it? an incredible performance above charleston, south carolina this weekend. the navy's blue angels flight squadron performed two air shows. the aerial acrobatics took place over both charleston harbor and cooper river. thousands of spectators came out to enjoy the amazing scene, including a famous politician.
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>> for an old navy guy like me, i wouldn't miss today. the blue angels, a lot of patriotism. it's beautiful to be back on this beautiful spring day. >> i'm like a kid at christmas. i'd never seen the blue angels. >> it's amazing stuff. it's great. >> the performances ended charleston's navy week. coming up on the edge, the gang from "glee" is already a big hit with viewers. we've got the buzz on the latest. it's bundle up time tonight. throw an extra blanket on the bed. the temperatures are taking a big plunge. we have a warning and an advisory to tell you about and a look at your five-day forecast. stay with us. check out the big winners at the box office this weekend. coming in at number one, the animated "how to train your drag gone." 
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bundle up a. cold night tonight. we've got a freeze warning to tell you about. take a look. areas through the shenandoah valley and central foothills of virginia under a freeze warning from 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on monday. i know the growing season is already started in these areas. so definitely not good news for the vegetation and the plants out there. and we have a frost advisory as well. just to the west of the metro area for prince william county, loudoun included in this as well and this is also from 1:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. on monday morning where we're going for see our temperatures just dip way down into the 30s. and with clear skies from a ridge of high pressure and light winds, we're looking at patchy frost through these areas as well so do take heed. tomorrow morning will be brisk and on the chilly side. today highs some 8 to 10 degrees cooler than we should have been. we'll be warmer tomorrow, however. but as we start out the day, you're really going to feel the chill of things. make sure the kids heading out
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are dressed warm in the morning. 48 degrees at dulles. 46 degrees at baltimore. up the mid-atlantic temperatures in the 40s and 50s as well. we have clear skies as a ridge of high pressure continues to build in. our overnight lows will be in the range of the low 30s to upper 30s. could see a 40-degree here and there but especially to the west the temperatures are really going to dip. so the cold air is definitely in place. ridge of high pressure building in over the course of the next few days. that's going to hold us stead for some sunshine as we move through into monday, tuesday and wednesday. tuesday night into wednesday, a little weak disturbance to the south of us could bring a passing shower for lower southern maryland or northern virginia but other than that, we're talking lots of clear conditions and a cloud here and there. it looks like the unsettled weather pattern will kick in only towards the end of the week. in the meantime here's a look at your day planner for tomorrow under the sunshine. by midday about 59 degrees. and our daytime high will be into the low 60s. so here's a look at your five- day forecast. we start to warm up as we head into the end of the week.
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by the time we hit thursday and friday, we're at least into the low 70s. but tomorrow morning will be a chilly one. be prepared. maureen? >> thank you, gwen. in tonight's buzz bin, the fox hit show "glee" among the winners of last night's glad awards. the musical comedy was awarded for its positive portrayal of gay characters. the show's cast along with its creator won the trophy for outstanding comedy series. in accepting the award, murphy said kurt is going to have a boyfriend next season and the pair will be prom kings together. catch "glee" tuesday night at 9:00 on fox 5. that does it for us. the news is always on geico sports xtra to minutes away. -- two minutes away. 
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